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George Boorujy's Activist Animal Paintings: Awesome And Disturbing

There's an exhibit at the PPOW in New York now through April 14, 2012 that I would not miss were I nearby.  Even on the computer screen, George Boorujy's paintings of animals in their current un-natural environments flood one with awe for the master painter, affinity for the animals he portrays, and sadness, even guilt, that Boorujy's subjects have not been left alone by nature or man.

 

Florida II Huricaine Andrew, 2010, ink on paper: by artist George BoorujyFlorida II Huricaine Andrew, 2010, ink on paper: by artist George Boorujy

 

Boorujy is a master of the natural style of drawing, those detailed ones you would be very familiar with if you studied zoology - and Boorujy did study science. But, as Wired categorizes Boorujy, he is a post-naturalist, for Boorujy includes in his portraits whatever ravages of nature and man each creature has endured by the devestation of their natural habitats.  And each of these animals cry out in the exhibit Blood Memory to be protected .

 

'When Was It That I Knew You?', 2012, ink on paper: by artist George Boorujy'When Was It That I Knew You?', 2012, ink on paper: by artist George Boorujy

 

'Fugue,' 2010, ink on paper: by artist George Boorujy'Fugue,' 2010, ink on paper: by artist George Boorujy

 

And because Boorujy paints with the purpose of making you notice what's become of his innocent creatures (e.g., the splash of pollen on the ram's head, above), he is an activist artist.  Even in Boorujy's few nature painting of landscapes and humans, his statement, 'This is what's become of everything and all of us,' is the most powerful.

 

sources: Wired, PPOW, George Boorujy

 

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